The army says it has killed someone suspected to be Boko Haram’s spokesperson and arrested two high ranking sect members

Lieutenant Iweha Ikediachi, spokesman for the military task force, on Monday, said that the force had killed a man suspected to be the spokesman of the Islamist Boko Haram sect.

Ikediachi further said that the force arrested two other high-ranking members. He, however, did not disclosed their identities.

“We carried out an operation early this morning, in which we killed a media man of Boko Haram terrorists and arrested two field commanders of the sect,” he said.

Soldiers involved in the operation on the outskirts of the city of Kano said the man killed was suspected to be one of the Boko Haram spokesmen who uses the alias Abu Qaqa.

The operation at a checkpoint was carried out with the use of intelligence information, they said.

Statements are often issued on behalf of Boko Haram in the name of Abu Qaqa, and someone identifying himself by that name has regularly held phone conferences with journalists.

Earlier this year, security sources said a suspect believed to be a person who goes by the alias Abu Qaqa had been arrested.

At the time, a purported Boko Haram member confirmed one of the group’s high-ranking members was arrested, but refuted reports that the detained person was its spokesman.

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